How Would a P.A.T.R.I.O.T Vote?

Kaye Beach

Feb 15, 2011

On Feb. 8th GOP freshmen help derail Patriot Act extension

Nine Eight House Republican freshmen and three inaugural members of the Tea Party Caucus voted against a proposed extension of three Patriot Act provisions Tuesday night, blocking the measure from passage under fast-track rules.  Read more
Last night, the US House voted to pass HR 514, a bill that extended three controversial provisions of the PATRIOT ACT for another year.

Roll Call

Here is an excellent breakdown of why these provisions should not have been extended by Sen. Rand Paul

Extending these provisions is NOT how a Patriot would vote!

If you agree, contact your representatives and let them know.

Here are the extended provisions at issue:

• The “roving wiretap” provision allows the FBI to obtain wiretaps from a secret intelligence court, known as the FISA court (for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act), without identifying the target or what method of communication is to be tapped.

• The “lone wolf” measure allows FISA court warrants for the electronic monitoring of a person for whatever reason — even without showing that the suspect is an agent of a foreign power or a terrorist. The government has said it has never invoked that provision, but the Obama administration said it wanted to retain the authority to do so.

• The “business records” provision allows FISA court warrants for any type of record, from banking to library to medical, without the government having to declare that the information sought is connected to a terrorism or espionage investigation.

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